• Get More Traction for Your Awesome Universal Design for Learning Program, Part II

    By Thomas J. Tobin In my first post, we explored the origins of UDL and some misconceptions at both an individual and a system-wide level about equating UDL with providing accommodations. Let’s begin by reframing UDL away from disability and situate it in a neutral narrative we’re all...

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  • Get More Traction for Your Awesome Universal Design for Learning Program, Part I

    By Thomas J. Tobin Meet Katie Katie was, until recently, a university student. Ever since she was little, Katie wanted to be an elementary-school teacher. When she was a first-semester junior, one of her professors came to me with a puzzle: “I have a student who I just know is...

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  • Are You a Change Leader or a Change Manager?

    As leaders, we are often called upon to address change. I wanted to understand the distinction between managing change and leading it. For this reason, I recently participated in an ELI online course, “Success-proof your change initiative,” conducted by Holly Morris, Director of...

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  • Announcing our New K-20 Series: Where K-12 and Higher Ed Meet

    Unlike a relay race, there’s no coordinated hand-off between secondary and postsecondary institutions, where students are shepherded into the next phase of their academic career and educators on both sides have a meaningful (albeit brief) exchange. The realms of K-12 and higher education...

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  • From Innovation to Transformation: Reshaping the Campus Landscape by Having the Right People on the Bus

    Author: Julie Johnston Thinking about launching a large-scale initiative – one that involves systematic change with real impact and large-scale transformation of pedagogy? Make sure you have the right people on board to inspire new possibilities. As the Director of Learning Spaces for...

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  • An Advisor’s Perspective On iPASS

    By Matthew Hibdon   The success of the advising system at Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) lies within the integration of people and technology. It is evident in the process we use through our iPASS work.  MTSU’s Quest for Student Success laid the foundation for this...

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  • Go Big or Go Home…A Big Tech Initiative Needs a “Big” Vision

    By Laura M. Gambino, Danielle Insalaco-Egan, and John D. Stroud Is Your Vision “20/20”? If you’re going “big” with a technology initiative and implementing at “scale” (however you define scale), you, like us, need to have a big vision. As change...

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  • Postsecondary Trending Now: Early Days for iPASS Research

    iPASS, the acronym for Integrated Planning and Advising for Student Success, is a term only now gaining currency across the landscape of higher education reform. Accordingly, research into the efficacy of this comprehensive approach to improving advising by infusing technology is in its early days...

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  • Alternative, Stackable, and Microcredentials: Where are we headed?

    Author Yakut Gazi   Competencies gained through a college degree are under scrutiny, especially after Arum and Roksa’s (2011) groundbreaking findings based on the Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA) scores, which pointed to lack of significant improvement of higher learning...

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  • New Directions in Credentialing: The View Outside of the Academy

    Author: Phillip Long   Institutions of higher education are starting to experiment with new forms of credentialing. The more ambitious are looking at developments in competency-based learning (CBE) and building programs in that model, which recognize learning achievements in new ways,...

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